Blogs (64)


Architects Have a Duty of Professional Service

by Letsfixconstruction.com

There is some misunderstanding, both inside the profession and among the population a...


Material Challenges in Historic Buildings

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

Preserving and repurposing existing buildings is supported by most current green buil...


Writing Specifications in a Vacuum

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

A 19th century Scotsman said, “Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and ...


Relax with a Cool-Colored Wall, or Not?

by Jill M. Speegle

Color experts have long said the colors we paint our walls can affect our psyche and ...


What Don’t You Know?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

In my humble opinion, the best way to fix something is to learn what you don’t know. ...


Delegated Design: Where Does the Buck Stop?

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

With the increased use of delegated design in construction projects, questions have a...


Steel Back Your Specification

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Many factors must be considered when a design specifies cold-formed steel framing mem...


Is Construction Broken?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

This project is named “Let’s Fix Construction,” which implies that construction is br...


5 Benefits of Building Enclosure Commissioning

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Despite this standardization and a growing history of proven results, many misconcept...


The Good, the Bad, and the Unique

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

“In a highly commoditized world, the name of the game is creating something unique, s...


How to Choose the Right Colors

by Barbara Jacobs

That’s the question, and it applies to both interiors and exteriors of homes and othe...


Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

Sick building syndrome had recently emerged as a collision between efforts to make bu...


Painted Ladies: The Colorist Movement

by Jill Pilaroscia

Colour Studio principal Jill Pilaroscia played a pivotal role in San Francisco’s colo...


Tiny Houses: A Look at Materials

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

As an avid blue water sailor I have always been interested in how marine architecture...


Office Master Specs: 5 Things to Consider

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Perhaps the best argument for creating and maintaining an office master spec is to ha...


Steps to Assessing Concrete Structures

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

An assessment of a concrete structure to evaluate existing conditions and determine c...


Is the USGBC Sustainable?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

It’s time to question the U.S. Green Building Council’s approach to transforming the ...


Graphic Color: Massimo Vignelli

by Jill Pilaroscia

This month we pay tribute to the incomparable designer Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014), ...


Checklist for Evaluating Stone Durability

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Stone, in general, is considered a durable material; however, not all stones are as d...


Rich Color: Top Boutique Paint Brands

by Jill Pilaroscia

Why bother with boutique paint? To start, many luxury paint brands offer deeper, rich...


Best of 2015: Eye-Popping Books on Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

For the holiday season, we’ve selected a few gorgeously illustrated new books in whic...


The Colorful Dynamics of Glass

by Jill Pilaroscia

As the San Francisco skyline welcomes new silhouettes to its configuration, Colour St...


Wellness: Focus of New Green Standard

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

One indication of the health and stability of the modern green building movement


Safer Materials: What Will It Take?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

The nature of building materials and products has been part of the LEED rating system...


Designer Reinvents Aging Farmhouse

by Jill M. Speegle

Here’s a farmhouse with a modern twist, seriously. Twist Farmhouse, in Falls, PA, was...


Brutal Color: The Human Experience

by Jill Pilaroscia

As architectural colorists, we are interested in the role that color can play in crea...


A New St. Pete Pier Design Up for Vote

by Jill M. Speegle

Residents in St. Petersburg, FL, may soon see their 42-year-old iconic waterfront lan...


Wright’s ‘Hollyhock House’ Blooms Anew

by Jill M. Speegle

The Hollyhock House—Frank Lloyd Wright’s first venture into architecture in Los Angel...


Award Honors Curtain-lifting Restoration

by Jill M. Speegle

A revamped Art Deco movie theater on Long Island is basking in the glow of an award f...


One Hotel, 19 Architects

by Jill M. Speegle

Where can you admire the architectural genius of Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and David ...


Historic Trends for a Modern World

by Jill Pilaroscia

We have been researching historic color palettes and thinking about what exactly make...


We LIKE This Colorful Series

by Jill Pilaroscia

Being architectural colorists, architecture and color are two words tha...


What Good Reps Know (and You May Not)

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

So that you don’t think my previous post was a screed against manufacturers and their...


The Ins and Outs of Color Blocking

by Jill Pilaroscia

Often, when we are thinking about color in our daily lives, it’s from the visual pers...


Designing a Better Education

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

For most American children, teachers and administrators, education is a linear proces...


‘Nobel’ Design Matches Prize Prestige

by Jill M. Speegle

An elegant, slender building clad in shimmering brass along Stockholm, Sweden’s centr...


Theater Designs Worth Applause

by Jill M. Speegle

A $5.4 million performing arts center that blends into the slopes of a volcano in Haw...


Do We Need One Nation Under USGBC?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I’ve been involved with the U.S. Green Building Council since its early days. Over th...


The Purpose of Color:
The Batel Centre of Cartagena

by Jill Pilaroscia

The Batel is the auditorium and convention centre of Cartagena, a


The Purpose of Color:
The Batel Centre of Cartagena

by Jill Pilaroscia

The Batel is the auditorium and convention centre of Cartagena, a


Waterlogged Wright Home to Relocate

by Jill M. Speegle

A rare home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright will be getting a new zip ...


Shack Interacts, Lights the CA Desert

by Jill M. Speegle

It’s difficult to imagine a house more connected to its landscape than this desert ab...


Architecting Color: Emmanuelle Moureaux

by Jill Pilaroscia

This week, we want to introduce you to a fantastic architect with a commitment to col...


San Francisco's Color Icon

by Jill Pilaroscia

This post from Colour Studio features one of our favorite San Francisco icons.


Sliding Façade Exposes House in UK

by Jill M. Speegle

After being abandoned for 11 years, a four-story house in Margate, England, is now th...


Hotel Packs a World Record Paint Job

by Jill M. Speegle

A recent makeover for a hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia, features a paint job worth


A Glass Ship for Vikings Unveiled

by Jill M. Speegle

It’s airy, yet enclosed. Love it or hate it, the recently unveiled, HKS-designed Minn...


Architectural Charm from a Wright Roof

by Jill M. Speegle

Attention architecture and jewelry lovers! For just shy of $50, you could be the luck...


By the Book: NY Public Library Project

by Jill M. Speegle

Historic buildings that house volumes of literary marvels deserve to be preserved and...


Hadid Shines as ‘Woman of the Year’

by Jill M. Speegle

Hey! Who says architects can’t be glamorous? Dame Zaha Hadid, 62, was just crowned <...


Frank Lloyd Done Wrong

by Pamela Simmons

Hard to believe, but a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright may soon be torn down—and...


Olympic Trials in Architecture

by Jill M. Speegle

As athletes continue to break records and crowds cheer at the London 2012 Olympics Ga...


Steven Holl Offers Tour of His ‘Art on Water’ in South Korea

by Jill M. Speegle

With water as the art’s foundation and an abundance of “perfect” light, a new gallery...


The Ideal and the Real: Firm’s Youthful Principal Blends Artistry and Utility

by Jill M. Speegle

Creating a space that enhances communication while providing visual appeal is key whe...


Barbie and Zaha: Fantasy Versus Reality in Architecture; or Not?

by Jill M. Speegle

With the upcoming one-year anniversary of the debut of blueprint-wielding Architect B...


Ready to ‘Check-In’ to Architecture? National Virtual Event Starts Sunday

by Jill M. Speegle

No flights, hotel reservations, or nametags are needed; in fact, you could stay in yo...


Vacation Planning 101: Safdie’s Riveting Museum Design in Arkansas?

by Jill M. Speegle

If you are in search of inspiration, culture, art and a dose of architectural magic, ...


The Little House That Did: Inspiring an Architectural Landscape Part 2

by Pamela Simmons

In her book, Margaret Henderson Floyd explores deeply the projects of these influenti...


The Little House That Did: Sunnyledge, Inspiring an Architectural Landscape

by Pamela Simmons

Along Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s fashionable Shadyside area, sits a somewhat plain ...


Inventive Reuse: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s…House?

by Pamela Simmons

Anyone who appreciates a good beer now and then knows that it can taste like heaven, ...


Between a Rock and a Really Cool Place

by Pamela Simmons

“Pop, someday I’m going to build a house with three walls and the fourth one is going...


Specifying Mediocrity? Without a Technical Foundation, Design is on Shaky Ground

by Walter Scarborough

The architectural profession has settled for specification mediocrity. Allow me to ex...


Power of Architecture? Minus Building Knowledge, There’s a Serious Outage

by Walter Scarborough

We’ve all heard the saying that “Knowledge is Power,” but have you ever thought about...


The Blurring of the Once-Sacred Line Between Design and Construction

by Walter Scarborough

My name is Walter, and I am architect. And let me establish from the very beginning t...


 
 
   

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